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    Ford Galaxy Ghia - CarPC project

    Hi guys,

    i've been reading this forum for quite a few weeks now, while I was getting all the parts needed for my setup.

    The project is not finished yet, but I'm almost getting to the point where I'm going to install it all in the car.

    This is what i'm working on:
    7" Touchscreen CartTFT with 2 video-inputs
    Via Epia M2-12000 with 512MBRam
    Gonna put a huge harddisk in there. (I'm using an older 10Gig disk for prototype testing purpose now)
    Probably a USB DVD-rom drive
    For the moment I'm still looking for an OPUS psu. I have an invertor for prototyping, but I'm not even considering this option for the completed setup.
    I have a rearview camera installed on my caravan, the signal from this camera is transmitted wireless to the car. On my last trip throug Portugal & Spain I used a cheap simpel 6" tft monitor just for the camera. Now I'm using the video in ports of my carTFT TS.

    The fact that I have a company car means: No custom dash, so I had to take this into account. I also aready have a factory installed navigation unit that works very good, btw. (TravelPilot DX-based) This unit will not be touched (Only the audio-input on this unit is going to be used)
    So I had trouble allocating the screen. After some "test allocations" I decided to mount the screen to the ventilator exits in the middle of the dashboard. (pictures are following in a couple of days)

    As for the software part (I'm *NOT* even a bit tolerant in this domain) I *require* it to be very user-friendly, fast bootup and reliable. I'm a software consultant myself so I decided to build my own custom software. (Screen shots following in a couple of days too)

    Software support:
    Operating system: Windows XP Embedded
    - Audio & Video player (Fully embedded ZOOM player)
    - Navigation (Fully embedded Destinator 2 support)
    - OBD2-enabled

    The OBD2-part: I've took some code from Andy Whittaker (thank you Andy) and transformed it into a COM DLL so I could use it in other development languanges for making the user interface. I'm now working on truly fully embedded OBD-functionality. (Gauges, Mileage functionality, logging of speeds, ...)

    If you guys have any questions, shoot! I'm gonna post my progression on this project in this thread from time to time. I'll make shure to have some "visuals" next time :-)

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    Galaxy install

    Looking forward to see pictures from the install and hear more about your software. Good luck!!!

    - happy Galaxy owner - soon also car PC builder myself -

    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    Hi Needstorage!

    Happy to see another belgian in here!
    Keep us posted on your progress.... I'm interested in the OBD-result; will you make it a plugin for existing software (frodoplayer/mediacar/....) or just available to your own system?

    Will your software be available to test/use?

    Joachim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC-S60
    Happy to see another belgian in here!
    Hi, I know there are even more Belgian guys in here.

    Quote Originally Posted by JC-S60
    I'm interested in the OBD-result; will you make it a plugin for existing software (frodoplayer/mediacar/....) or just available to your own system?
    For starters, I'm just gonna keep it to myself... Like your signature... I have (almost) all parts together, and I have *some* spare time to build the thing, however, I do not have time to make the software available *yet*.
    I don't have all time in the world, so I have to make priorities. The code for the OBD-thing will made available, but that will only be done when my install is done.

    Quote Originally Posted by JC-S60
    Will your software be available to test/use?
    No, other than the OBD-component, I will not make my code public. (not enough time to do so, and simply because it is 'custom made'. I made the software in the way that I want it. I didn't use skin-support, neither do I have a good music database-support yet, but those are not my must-have's.)

    I'll probably post some examples and pieces of code that will explain how I embedded Destinator and Zoom-player.

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    Well, thanks already for the efforts I understand your reasons, so I won't whine

    The same reasons (no time) prevent me from finishing off the once started VB app that would run on my carpc (which was when frodoplayer etc didn't exist yet, now I have no reasons to try and build something myself, as they are much better programmers).

    Joachim

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    Well here's another one of those Belgians.
    Seems that the concept of CarPC is getting rather popular in out little country.

    NeedStorage - just curious, where are you from?
    You said you were looking for an Opus? I got my parts from http://www.myelectronics.nl/.
    They have an Opus, but it's only the 150W version. They sell it for €199 (€ 236,81 incl VAT). They also got a lot of the other equiment that is mostly used for CarPC's.
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

    Currently : Audi A6 - no install

    Second install : VW Passat '97 CarPC
    First install : '87 Audi 80 CarPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by proTONEd
    Well here's another one of those Belgians.
    Seems that the concept of CarPC is getting rather popular in out little country.

    NeedStorage - just curious, where are you from?
    You said you were looking for an Opus? I got my parts from http://www.myelectronics.nl/.
    They have an Opus, but it's only the 150W version. They sell it for €199 (€ 236,81 incl VAT). They also got a lot of the other equiment that is mostly used for CarPC's.
    Yea, I know this store, but got my stuff from www.carTFT.com. I am starting with a 'snap on' PW-type of PSU, because 150Watt is still overkill for my setup, and I'm building my own startup/shutdown-controller using a basic stamp. I started installing this week. I'm approx. 80% progressed on my install. I took some pictures and I will post them in a couple of days when the install is finished.

    I'm from Lier, so I assume you're also from Belgium, if so, from where exactly are you then?
    Needstorage
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    Who the hell is general failure?!?
    And what the f@#k is he doing reading my drive C:\?

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    150w is indeed overkill. I myself have a PW70a, works great. I've got it combined with the ITPS. Limited in features but does the job.

    Great link, thanks, i'll check it out. In general Germans are lot cheaper what electronics are concerned.

    I'm eager to see those pictures

    I'm from Bree (home of Kim Clijsters like they say ). Not far from Weert (Netherlands). Don't know whether you've got an idea now
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

    Currently : Audi A6 - no install

    Second install : VW Passat '97 CarPC
    First install : '87 Audi 80 CarPC

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    90% done.

    All wires are in place. I no longer need to do detach any interior parts for cables.

    I have:
    - 1 USB cable (GPS) running from roof to CarPC location.
    - 2 UTP cat5e cables running from dash to CarPC location. (1 sound, 1 OBD)
    - 2 times 2mm² power pairs running from dash to CarPC. (1 for PC power, 1 controls LCD power)
    - the Touschreen cable (incl. 1x sound, 2x video, 1x USB and 1x VGA) running from Dash to CarPC


    Still need to:
    - Put the CarPC in (takes only 5 minutes)
    - attach the screen to the mount on my dash
    - connect the power to the CarPC and TFT
    - solder connectors to the OBD and Audio wires and connect them.
    That's a job I'm gonna do tonight. I hope to have it finished, so I can post my pictures tomorrow.
    Needstorage
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    Who the hell is general failure?!?
    And what the f@#k is he doing reading my drive C:\?

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    I'm impatiently awaiting the result!

    Have you tested the CAT5e for sound? No fear for interference with unshielded cable?

    Joachim

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